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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Jul 19, 2005 3:04am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Bob Weir--Best of Grateful Dead

I'm surprised that no one's mentioned Bobby's contribution to the post retirement versions of Friend of the Devil. His playing on these slowed down versions I've always thought his finest hour.
Since I saw almost all of my shows in the 80's I was often wishing they hadn't shelved some of his best songs, Weather Report suite Prelude and part 1, Black Throated Wind by that time.
I probably appreciate his playing now, on tape, more than I did back in the day. I was always one of those who devoted 95% of his attention to focusing on the man in the black-T.

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Poster: GJR Date: Jul 19, 2005 4:24am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Bob Weir--Best of Grateful Dead

Until the archive SBD collection opened up my ears to all of this intricate playing, I had not realized how good Bob was at rhythm guitar. In my opinion he is extremely good. I guess he gets overshadowed from time to time by the other extremely good guitar player on stage. Also, beyond playing, he was a big creative force in the crafting of new tunes. In Phil's book, he mentions how all of the band members would ask Bob if he needed someone to play a part or 2 on a new song he was writing. When I analyze all of the players individually, I can't help think that each one was really a master on their instrument... especially Billy, who shines icredibly during Mickey's hiatus... but that's getting off topic.